Vancouver is a beautiful coastal city with so much to offer during the summer. A scenic hike, water sports, or a simple lazy beach day are just some of the many appealing options. But if you are wondering about more specific events that our city hosts during the summer, keep reading! We have compiled a quick list of all the things that are REALLY worth checking out.
Ever wonder where to watch outdoor theatre in Vancouver? Where to watch the fireworks? Which festivals are worth going to? Read on.
Theatre Under the Stars
Watch a show under the night sky in Stanley Park! This year, the not-for-profit group Theatre Under the Stars is presenting Mary Poppins and The Drowsy Chaperone. Runs until August 19th, every night of the week!
Bard on the Beach
Watch the great works of Shakespeare as the sun sets behind the stage. With five great tales to choose from, you are sure to be entertained. The show goes on until September 23rd.
Outdoor Movies in Stanley Park
Spend your Tuesday evenings this summer watching a movie on a giant inflatable screen in the middle of beautiful Stanley Park at dusk. Make sure to bring a snack, and some blankets or chairs to sit on. Movies will be shown until August 22nd.
Honda Celebration of Light
This is the 27th year of this fireworks competition, with Japan, the United Kingdom, and Canada getting ready to show their pyrotechnic skills. The first display is set for Saturday, July 29th with the next two shows following over two weeks. Quick tip: You don’t have to watch the fireworks from English Bay! They can also be seen from Burrard Bridge, Second Beach, Third Beach, Kitsilano Beach, and Sunset Beach.
Caribbean Days Festival
This upbeat and energetic festival brings fun, food and entertainment to North Vancouver every year. With Caribbean cuisine, a parade, dance & musical stage events, and even a boat cruise, there is something for everyone. This year the event will be held on July 29th and 30th at Waterfront Park.
Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival
The best party of the year is most certainly held by Vancouver Pride Society. After the most colourful and exciting parade you have ever attended, head to Davie street for an all-day celebration. Other events include the Davie Street Party, Sunset Beach Festival, and several Pride-themed cruises. Events are held in July as well as August, but the main week of festivities is held from August 2nd-7th.
Robson Square Salsa
A fun and free night of dance instruction and performance in the heart of downtown. Learn salsa dancing from the professionals at 3pm, with performances at 5pm. Held every Sunday until August 13th!
Where to watch the best sporting events in Vancouver!
Take me out to the ballgame! Not feeling like another beach day? What could be better than a hotdog, a beer, and a good old game of baseball on a sunny day in Vancouver? Head to Nat Bailey Stadium until September 3rd for a low-cost evening of fun.
Support your local team! Games are on until September 9th.
Watch the Lions roar at BC Place until September 16th.
Must-do Vancouver activities.
Playland & PNE
Playland is a thrill for adults and children alike. Go on rides, play games, and eat everything in sight! Playland is already in full swing, but the Pacific National Exhibition opens on Saturday August 19th this year, featuring tons of main stage entertainment, exhibits, and food, food, food.
Make sure you get yourself to one of the night markets this summer! This year you can choose from the Richmond Night Market, Illumination Summer Night Market, and North Vancouver Night Marke. Expect a lot of delicious food, and plenty of interesting vendors.
Vancouver Art Gallery
Check out the Vancouver Art Gallery, open year-round. Quick tip: On Tuesdays, the admission price is by donation, so if you’re on a budget, this is the best time to visit.
Experience ocean life close-up in a range of exciting exhibits. Meet penguins and touch sting-rays! All of the under the sea excitement you can handle.
Capilano Suspension Bridge
If you enjoy nature and aren’t afraid of heights, the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is a great place to visit. In addition to the 450 foot long suspension bridge itself, there is also a Cliffwalk, and Treetops Adventure paths that take you 100 feet up among the trees.